Screenshot in OS 10.9.5

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mac-morten, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. mac-morten macrumors newbie


    Aug 18, 2013
    Is it possible to perform screenshots in higher resolution than 72 ppi ? If so : How high ? ? And how can I do that ? ? ?
  2. Bruno09, Sep 14, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2015

    Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here

    ppi does not mean anything for a screenshot, which is an image.

    A screen shot has a size in pixels : if I do a screenshot of the whole screen of my Macbook 13", the resulting image will be 800x1280 pixels in size.

    ppi (pixel per inch) is used for scans and monitors.
    The screen of my Macbook 13" has a 113 ppi display.

    dpi (dots per inch) refers to how much dots you have in a inch long line when printing an image.

    Therefore, if I print my screenshot at 72 dpi, the printed image will be 11.11 x 17.77" in size.
    If I print at 200 dpi, the printed image will be 4 x 6.4" in size.
    If I print at 113 dpi, the printed image will have the same size as my display.
  3. CreatorCode macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2015
    Retina Macs take screenshots with a default resolution of 144ppi. Regular Macs take screenshots at 72ppi.

    Mac Screenshots are (buy default) PNG images. The PNG format supports encoding a target DPI. A graphics application that respects this target DPI will then rescale the image to the target DPI automatically.

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